The fifth anniversary Great Canadian Cheese Festival takes place June 6-7, 2015, at Picton Fairgrounds in the heart of Prince Edward County, the fastest-growing culinary destination in Ontario and Canada’s newest VQA wine region. You’ll find Picton just south of Highway 401 near Belleville in Bay of Quinte Region, near spectacular Sandbanks Provincial Park.

The Festival is a showcase of outstanding Canadian artisan, farmstead and specialty cheese, paired with artisan foods and fine wine, craft beer and cider. It features special events such as Cheese Tours, Cooking Class and Gastronomy on the Farm with Jamie Kennedy. Click here to order tickets online.

You can also get a cheese fix at one of these fine events:

March: California’s Artisan Cheese Festival

June: The Great Canadian Cheese Festival

June: Festival des Fromages Fins de Victoriaville

July: Festival des Fromagers Artisans du Québec

July: Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

August: Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

August: Festival des fromages de St-Prime

August: American Cheese Society Conference and Competition

August: Water Buffalo Food Festival

August: Festival de la Curd

September: Festival de la Poutine

September: Cheese in Bra, Italy

September: Great British Cheese Festival

November: Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival

November: World Cheese Awards

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  3. Hi, I am workign with Dairy Farmers on an event I think would be right up your alley. Check this out.

    When it comes to Canadians’ beloved grilled cheese sandwich everyone is an expert and has their own way of creating melted cheese perfection. Dairy Farmers of Canada are inviting one and all to shred, slice and smear their way to the top and show off their skills in the “All You Need is Cheese” challenge.

    Since the contest began on May 31st, people have submitted hundreds of mouth watering spins on how Canadian cheese can be used in different ways to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

    For more details about the contest and how to enter please visit, to link to the Facebook contest application and refer to the release below.

    We would love if you could let your readers know about the contest!

    No idea is too cheesy…think out of the box and into the pan.



    Calling All Grilled Cheese Fans

    The search begins for Canada’s ultimate grilled cheese creation

    Montreal, June 16, 2010 – Dairy Farmers of Canada is calling out to all grilled cheese lovers from across Canada to put their own spin on this classic comfort food in the All You Need Is Cheese Challenge. Canadians can showcase their grilled cheese making skills by becoming a fan of the All You Need Is Cheese Facebook page and downloading the All You Need Is Cheese Challenge contest application. The contest can also be accessed at

    “Grilled cheese sandwiches stir up deep emotions in the hearts and stomachs of Canadians,” says Solange Heiss, assistant director, marketing and nutrition communications, Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Since the contest began on May 31st, we’ve already received hundreds of mouth-watering spins showing how Canadian cheese can be used in so many different ways to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.”

    After joining the All You Need Is Cheese Challenge, people can participate in the contest in two ways: by submitting their own grilled cheese sandwich recipe using their favourite Canadian cheese, and by ‘loving’ other participants’ grilled cheese recipes.

    Three spin entries will be chosen as finalists and their recipes will be featured at The Grate Canadian Grilled Cheese Cook-Off at the Canadian National Exhibition on August 24th. At this event, these three recipes will be tasted and judged by a jury made up of some of Canada’s most famous foodies. The grand prize is a family trip to Quebec City, which includes a guided and gastronomical tour of the city and an evening in a well-known traditional restaurant.

    “If you think you know the perfect combination of grilled cheese ingredients, then enter your spin,” says Heiss. “Our judges will choose the winning recipe based on how it is prepared, originality and of course, taste appeal. Your recipe could become Canada’s number one grilled cheese sandwich.”

    The Grate Canadian Grilled Cheese Cook-Off will not only decide the winner of the All You Need Is Cheese Challenge, but it will also see top chefs from across Canada flexing their grilled cheese making might in an all out grilled cheese throw-down.

    For the top three most ‘loved’ spins, participants will win a set of All You Need Is Cheese kitchenware and accessories. Weekly participation prizes will also be given away.

    “Whether you like your grilled cheese simple or you prefer a more decadent recipe, what makes a grilled cheese special is what you find in the middle — the great taste of Canadian cheese made from 100% Canadian milk,” says Heiss.

    To consult the application visit:

    About Dairy Farmers of Canada

    Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) strives to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. DFC works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy producers and to promote quality Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk as part of a healthy balanced diet. DFC is completely funded by dairy producers.


    For more information, contact:

    Will Lamont / Beatrice Bastedo

    416-322-3030, ext. 241 / 231 /

  4. […] Taste! the Cheese ShareTaste!  A Celebration of Regional Cuisine is coming to Picton on September 25th for the ninth year in a row and Invest in Cheese is going to be there along with regional producers of cheese and Georgs Kolesnikovs of The Great Canadian Cheese Festival. […]

  5. […] us network with entrepreneurs interested in making artisan cheese, and we even attracted the first Great Canadian Cheese Festival to our region and also another entrepreneur is wanting to host a Craft Beer Festival in Hastings […]

  6. They are two more festivals in Quebec you could add to this list:

    Festival des fromagers artisans, Quebec, in July

    Festival du fromage de St-Prime, Quebec, August

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